Locals looking to celebrate Christmas in the most traditional of ways have several options in Maplewood and South Orange where Christian churches offer welcoming environments to parishioners and non-parishioners alike. Choose from children’s pageants to live nativities to candlelit services and midnight mass — or celebrate them all!
St. Joe’s will hold Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) Mass at 5 p.m. and midnight. On Christmas Day, mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
See details in the weekly church bulletin here.
Morrow will host one of the loveliest — and, yes, adorable — events of Christmas with its Live Nativity from 4-7 p.m.. on Christmas Eve. Parish children and real manger animals are featured. The Live Nativity is followed by a Christmas Eve Worship for Families service at 5 p.m., Christmas Eve “Unplugged” Service at 7 p.m. and a candlelight service at 11 p.m.
Services are as follows:
CHILDREN’S MASS 4:00 p.m.
CAROLS: 8:45 p.m.
FESTIVE HIGH MASS 9:00 p.m.
December 24th(Monday) 7:30 PM Christmas Eve Service — Christmas carols, great music, an impromptu live nativity and singing Silent Night in the candlelight highlight this service.
January 6th(Sunday) 6:00 PM Epiphany potluck dinner and Jazz Vespers Service — Everyone is invited to bring food that represents their cultural background. After the dinner we move to the sanctuary for a service of readings and jazz music.
MASSES ON THE SOLEMNITY OF CHRISTMAS
DECEMBER 24 – CHRISTMAS EVE
4:30 PM – Family Mass with Children’s Choir (St. Cecilia Singers)
7:30 PM – Carol Mass with Organ
9:30 PM – Candlelight Carol Concert
10:00 PM – Solemn Concelebrated Mass with Procession to the Crib, Parish,
Choir, Canticum Novum Singers, Organ, and Brass Ensemble.
DECEMBER 25 – CHRISTMAS DAY
8:00 AM, 10:00 AM – Carol Masses with Organ
11:30 AM – Festival Mass with Parish Choir and Organ
Christmas Pageant & Family Eucharist
Monday, December 24, 2018 – 4:00pm
Once again it’s time for “The Most Laid-Back Christmas Pageant Ever,” held at 4 PM on Christmas Eve in the context of a Family Eucharist, and we are looking for animals, angels and shepherds.
One of the hallmarks of our pageant is that even children who come to St. George’s for the first time on Christmas Eve can pick up a halo, a shepherd’s crook or a pair of animal ears and be in the pageant.
Christmas Eve Potluck Reception
Monday, December 24, 2018 – 11:00pm
After the 10:00 pm Christmas Eve service, join us for an elegant but simple Potluck Reception. Please bring a dish (light, savory and bite-sized) and a bottle or two (Champagne, Wine or Sparkling Cider) to share. The tables will be prepared before hand, so feel free to place your offering out, either before or after the service. The beverages can be placed in the refrigerator.
Please forward the intention of your offering for this event to Shaunille Mc Donald at [email protected], along with any questions.
Christmas Day service
Open the presents, then come to church!
4:00 p.m. FAMILY WORSHIP—with our annual pageant and Children’s Choirs will sing
10:00 p.m. WORSHIP-A Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols, Communion will be celebrated.
Seton Hall has traditionally welcomed the greater community to celebrate Christmas Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. at the chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Seton Hall University. (Not confirmed.)
Did we forget anyone? Email us at [email protected].